by Friends of Godwin
We have to be really open to uncertainty, so in a sense spiritual life is learning to be open to insecurity. This is also mentioned in the Buddha’s teaching. The danger of Western culture is that to a great extent everything seems to be under control and predictable. This gives a really false sense of security. In that way Sri Lanka and India are very good for practice! You never know what is going to happen: suddenly there’s a bomb blast! In the West transport is very convenient, but in Sri Lanka you don’t know whether there will be a bus or a train.